Visors back in discussion after Pronger injury

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Visors back in discussion after Pronger injury

WILMINGTON It sometimes takes horrific accidents or grisly injuries to get people talking in the hockey world, and that was the case again this week when Chris Pronger suffered a nasty eye injury.

Pronger was lucky enough to avoid permanent damage to his sight when a stick nailed the Flyers defenseman right outside the right eye, and the intimidating blueliner ran to the dressing room in obvious pain. The news was good for Pronger and he should be back within a matter of weeks after dodging a series of serious injuries, but the Flyers captain will be wearing a protective visor when he returns to the Philly lineup.

Some players ditch the visors when they got to the professional ranks and some waver back and forth about the visors usefulness, but Claude Julien said he attempts to gently push his players toward protective visors whenever the opportunity presents itself. Julien was a hockey player that dealt with eye injuries during his playing career when visors were essentially nonexistent, and the Bs coach said anybody from top line skill players to fourth line grinders should be able to wear a protective visor.

Today players are coming up through the ranks with a visor and theyre used to playing with them, said Julien. I dont know why theyd want to take them off. When I played those things were just coming into the league and nobody had played with them before. You just couldnt get adjusted to it.

Today I find that players come into the league and sometimes take them off, and it can partially be because they play a tough game and theyre going to drop their gloves. But there are a lot of guys that drop the gloves and wear visors. If it were me Id protect myself any way I could. Id encourage anybody to wear the visor, but once you turn pro and youve got your contract it all becomes your responsibility. Its hard for us to force anybody, so all we can do is suggest that they keep a visor on.

Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

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Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

Joe Haggerty looks at a number of trade possibilities for the Bruins with the NHL deadline little more than a week away

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Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.

*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.

*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.

*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.

*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.

*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.

*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.

*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.